Celebrating Birthdays are: June 22, Robby Welch, Linda St. Laurent;
June 23, June Teloian, Peter Yelle, Walter Bond, Jr.; June 26, Jamie
Munn; June 27, Glenn McLaughlin, Mark Portigue, Sydney Snell; June
28, Elaine Wallace, Theresa Gadoury, Jenamarie Boston.
Happy Birthday To One and All!
Anniversaries are: June 22, Mark and Tanya Portigue; June 23, Rob
and Debra Richardson; June 27, Dave and Betty Sweet.
The number of Commercial District parking
spaces in Ted Mitchell’s Planning Board letter last week was
incorrectly printed as ten (10); the correct number should have read
one hundred one (101)
Celebrate the “Gift of Life” and
come to the American Red Cross Blood Drive being held Thursday, June
30th, at the Pittsfield Elementary School on Bow Street from 1 pm to
6 pm. Walk-ins are welcome, appointments are accepted by
calling 1-800-Red-Cross to schedule. Childcare is provided.
Positive ID is required of donors.
This time, incentives offered
are a $5.00 gift certificate to Panera Bread; a coupon for a FREE 24
pack of Pure Spring Water at participating Walgreens and a $10 off
coupon for the M/S Mount Washington Cruise Line.
Be part of
something amazing. One donation can save three lives!
This drive is sponsored by the Pittsfield PTO.
Abigayle Mae Cheney was graduated recently, with honors, from
Colby-Sawyer College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing.
During her years there she was named to the Deans List for
Academic Achievement and she is a member of the National Honor
Society. Abigayle is the daughter of Douglas Cheney of Alton
and Teri Cheney of Plainfield. She is the granddaughter of
Pearl Cheney of Pittsfield. She is currently employed at
Dartmouth Hitchcock in Hanover and will be taking her State Boards
for her RN the end of this month. Eventually, she hopes to
continue studies for her Masters in Nursing and then on to Nurse
This summer the PES Cafeteria will host
the USDA summer meals program, which provides FREE breakfast and
lunch to children and youth, 18 years of age and younger. The
program begins June 27th and runs through Friday, August 26th
(closed July 4). Breakfast will be served from 8:15 am – 9:00
am. Lunch will be served from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm. Look
for menus around town or on our web site. USDA is
an equal opportunity provider.
to the Editor
A sad day for the Town of Pittsfield and the people
who love this “Gem of the Suncook Valley.” Fireworks for the
Rotary Club’s 30th Annual Hot Air Balloon Rally have been cancelled,
an event celebrating 30 years of a community coming together,
welcoming visitors from all over, to write yet another chapter in
Pittsfield’s history book.
Why? Irreverence to those buried
at Floral Park Cemetery? Too much noise? Litter?
Too many people having the time of their lives, watching millions of
“stars” explode on a glorious summer’s night?
Would the opposing
folks also dismiss the “noise” of taps played for service men/women
who have served our country proud? Ban a 21-gun salute? The
fly-over at the Thyng Memorial dedication? Are they simply
concerned with preserving the dignity of the dead, and not
celebrating the lives of those who have buried them?
Rotarian is buried at Floral Park, men and women who worked hard to
bring visitors to this town – and with them, much needed revenue.
Every year, I hear – “going to the fireworks? Last year was
When Sunday morning comes, those Rotarians and their
volunteers, who already have spent countless hours working rally
weekend, have every piece of litter removed, leaving no sign that
thousands of people were our guests just the day before.
father, A.J. Daroska, was a proud Rotarian. He would be the
first to say there is no disrespect by igniting fireworks from the
cemetery grounds, life goes on and those left behind need cause for
These few negative people who are preventing a major
draw to this year’s 30th anniversary rally need to think twice about
why they have caused dismay, disbelief and sadness to so many people
– and their own people of Pittsfield.
Pittsfield Ethics Committee Training
The Pittsfield Ethics
Committee will conduct town wide training on July 11th or the 13th
at 7 pm in the Town Hall conference room on the Pittsfield Code of
Ethics as required by the Pittsfield Code of Ethics. As
required by The Code, this training will be for all new employees
(full and part time) who were hired in 2010 and 2011. In
addition the following Town Officials that were elected and/or
appointed in 2010 and 2011 must also attend. This training is
mandatory in accordance with The Pittsfield Code of Ethics; names of
those not attending will be identified to either the Board of
Selectmen or their Department head. Each person attending will
receive a copy of the entire Code of Ethics. Questions can be
directed to Merrill Vaughan, Chair, Pittsfield Ethics Committee at
435-5207 or his cell at 344-0264.
Officers and members of Pittsfield Fire-Rescue were pleased to
receive delivery of a new forestry truck on Monday, June 6th.
The 2011 Ford F550 was secured through a $125,000 FEMA Assistance to
Firefighters Grant to purchase the vehicle and associated equipment.
This truck replaces a 1954 military surplus unit that had been
serving as the forestry unit in Pittsfield for over 30 years.
Department personnel training on the new forestry truck at the boat
NH Couple Celebrates 5 Years of Ministry in Rwanda, Africa
Rich and Robin Smyth, former residents of Pittsfield, Derry and
Raymond, NH, have spent the last five years living an adventure most
people only dream about. After hosting a Rwandan man in their
Pittsfield home for five months, they decided to make a visit to
this tiny country in central Africa. The desire to extend the
love of Christ to the people of Rwanda grew and blossomed.
In 2005 the Smyths sold their home, packed up their four children
and founded Tent Makers of Rwanda (TMoR), a non-profit Christian
Rwanda, still struggling to regain its
equilibrium fifteen years after the infamous genocide, is a land of
opportunity--opportunity for those who want to make a difference in
people’s lives. Tent Makers of Rwanda has done that by offering
Christian discipleship paired with vocational training to widows and
orphans at TMoR’s Women’s Training Center. Trauma counseling
and classes in sexual purity, HIV awareness, English language,
parenting, financial planning and team building are available in
addition to the central Gospel message. Abandoned women who
had no hope now have hope as they work and study together.
After five years of ministry which included a medical clinic for
street boys, Phoenix Home for Women and a joint effort to launch
Rwanda Meat Suppliers, the Smyths are now involved in two different
agricultural training programs as well as The African Bagel Company
(ABC), a promising new ministry model staffed by women from the
training center. Tent Makers of Rwanda is committed to offering
Rwandans a hand up, not a hand out.
This summer Tent
Makers of Rwanda is initiating a “Cups of Cold Coffee” fundraiser to
purchase property for an expanded Women’s Training Center.
Please visit our website at
www.TentMakersofRwanda.com or follow us on Facebook for more
about our ministries and this fundraiser. If you would like a
representative from TMoR to do a short power point presentation for
your church or civic group, please contact Diane Rider at 435-3124
or John Savioli at 664-7882 or drop us a line at our website.
Removes Cyanobacteria Warning for
Jenness Pond, Northwood and
The cyanobacteria cell concentration in Jenness
Pond, Northwood and Pittsfield NH, is below the state standard of
50% of the total cells. As a result, the New Hampshire Department of
Environmental Services (DES) has removed the cyanobacteria warning
issued on June 8th.
DES routinely monitors public beaches
and public waters of the state for cyanobacteria. DES monitors
public waters issued cyanobacteria warnings on a weekly basis until
the cyanobacteria standards are again met. Cyanobacteria are
natural components of water bodies worldwide, but blooms and surface
scums may form when excess phosphorus is available to the water.
Some cyanobacteria produce toxins that are stored within the cells
but released upon cell death. Toxins can cause both acute and
chronic health effects that range in severity. Acute health
effects include irritation of skin and mucous membranes, nausea,
vomiting, and diarrhea. Chronic effects include liver and
central nervous system damage.
Visit the DES Beach Program
for photos and more information about cyanobacteria. Updates on
advisories and warnings may be obtained at
Beaches twitter feed:
Submitted By Merrill A. Vaughann
Commander American Legion Peterson-Cram Post 75
Pittsfield, NH 03263
More than 500 Family Caregivers who applied
for new services offered to Post 9/11 Veterans and their caregivers
through a program of comprehensive assistance for Family Caregivers
by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) started their care-giving
training June 9 and 10.
“There is no more valuable tool we can
provide Family Caregivers than the knowledge and training needed to
perform this highly demanding labor of love,” said Secretary of
Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. “This training we provided in
partnership with Easter Seals will meet this need and support
Veterans and their Family Caregivers with services and benefits they
The core training, which was developed in
collaboration with Easter Seals, is offered in traditional classroom
settings, online or through home study with a DVD and workbook. The
modules focus on the health and well-being of both the Veteran and
the Family Caregiver. The training includes information on
Caregiver self-care, home safety, practical caregiving skills,
providing personal care services to the Veteran, managing
challenging behaviors and locating additional resources.
Caregivers attending the Easter Seals training will receive respite
care for the Veteran under their care, as well as mileage
reimbursement and lodging, if needed. A Spanish version of the
training materials will also be available.
9, more than 1,000 Family Caregivers have applied for the new
services. The training program was developed by the Easter Seals in
collaboration with VA clinical experts as part of a package of new
services. The package also includes a stipend, mental health
services and access to health care insurance, if they are not
already entitled to care or services under a health plan.
Veterans may review the criteria for eligibility and download the
Family Caregiver program application (VA CG 10-10) at
The application enables the Veteran to designate a primary Family
Caregiver and secondary Family Caregivers. Caregiver support
coordinators are stationed at every VA medical center to assist with
coordinating the training or assist caregivers in locating available
Support for all caregivers is also available via the
National Caregiver Support Line at 1-855-260-3274. Caregivers of
Veterans from all eras are also encouraged to use the Website (www.caregiver.va.gov)
and support line to explore more than two dozen other services VA
provides caregivers for their service.
Providing Permanent Housing To Homeless Vets
Merrill A. Vaughan
Vice Commander American Legion
Peterson-Cram Post 75
Pittsfield, NH 03263
U.S. Housing and
Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan and U.S. Department of
Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki announced today that HUD
will provide $5.4 million to public housing authorities in 18 states
to supply permanent housing and case management for 676 homeless
Veterans in America. This is the fourth and final round of the FY
2010 Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program (HUD-VASH <http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/public_indian_housing/programs/hcv/vash>
) funding to support homeless Veterans.
HUD-VASH is a
coordinated effort by HUD, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
(VA), and local housing authorities to provide permanent supportive
housing for homeless Veterans. For a local breakdown of the
rental vouchers announced today, visit HUD’s website <http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/documents/huddoc?id=HUD-VASHPBVFY2010AWARDEES.PDF>.
“Our mission is to end Veterans’ homelessness,” said VA
Secretary Shinseki. “This effort is an excellent example of
how VA works with HUD and our community partners in that shared
mission. The project-based vouchers will provide dedicated permanent
housing for Veterans and allow them to live in support of each
other, as neighbors.”
“As our young men and women
return from Afghanistan and Iraq, they deserve to be treated with
dignity and honor. Yet our nation’s Veterans are 50 percent more
likely than the average American to become homeless,” said HUD
Secretary Donovan. “These vouchers continue to get more of our
Veterans off the streets and out of homeless shelters into permanent
The vouchers announced today are part of a set-aside
of project-based vouchers HUD announced last September that would be
competitively awarded to housing authorities that received
HUD-VASH vouchers in 2008, 2009 or 2010. Under HUD’s project-based
voucher program, housing authorities can assign voucher assistance
to specific housing units.
These vouchers will enable homeless
Veterans to access affordable housing with an array of supportive
This funding to local housing authorities is
part of the Obama Administration’s strategy to end Veteran and
long-term chronic homelessness by 2015. Opening Doors: Federal
Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness <http://www.usich.gov/PDF/FactSheetVeterans.pdf>
serves as a roadmap for how the federal government will work with
state and local agreements to confront the root causes of
homelessness, especially among former Servicemen and women.
The grants announced today are part of a $75 million investment
to support the housing needs of homeless Veterans. This is the
fourth and final competitive round to allocate the remaining FY2010
HUD-VASH funding. With today’s announcement, HUD will have
funded 10,186 housing vouchers for homeless Veterans nationwide for
2010. HUD will announce the 2011 HUD-VASH funding during the
summer. VA Medical Centers provide supportive services and case
management to eligible homeless Veterans.
Veterans are referred
to the public housing authority for these vouchers, based upon a
variety of factors, most importantly the need for and ability to
benefit from supportive housing. Supportive housing includes
both financial help the voucher provides and the comprehensive case
management that VAMC staff provides.
Veterans participating in
the HUD-VASH program rent privately owned housing and generally
contribute no more than 30 percent of their income toward rent. VA
offers eligible homeless Veterans clinical and supportive services
through its medical centers across the U.S., Guam and Puerto Rico.
Community Service at It’s Best
On May 20th,
five senior students from Pittsfield High School visited Vintage
Hill as a community project assignment. The efforts were headed up
by Delina Lawrence, who arranged for Craig Paggi to play piano for
the folks. Additionally, Brandon Patterson, Devin Berry and Crystal
Lively accompanied in order to spend time getting acquainted with
the residents. Of course, a little moral support goes a long way as
We were so blessed by the overall experience with these
sweet teens! As for the entertainment, Craig played so phenomenally
that we thought we had Liberace in our living room! Delina did a
marvelous job of orchestrating the event. As for Crystal, Brandon
and Devin, they were just plain all around great company! We truly
hope the five of them are led to visit us again in the near future
when they are able to muster up some free time. Craig, you are
welcome to practice here anytime!
Our very best to you all in
you future endeavors.
Vintage Hill Family
Planting At Lyman Park
Thanks to Jeff Huntington of Pleasant View Gardens, the Historical
Society’s spring planting at Lyman Park went off without a hitch.
Jeff delivered hundreds of plants for us to adorn the walkways, the
back wall and around trees. This should look spectacular for
Old Home Day come July and the Balloon Festival in August.
Assisting with the planting were fifteen members/spouses and
children of the Pittsfield Historical Society. It was a race
to get all the flower beds prepared and planted before the rains
arrived. Again, a big thanks to Jeff for his wonderful
donation of the beautiful flowers for the park.
Argue Recreation Area & Swimming Lessons
The F.B. Argue
Recreation Area will open for the summer on June 24, 2011 (the last
day of school for Pittsfield) at 1:00 PM. This year we will be
open Monday - Saturday from 12:00 - 5:00 PM and Sunday from 1:00-
5:00 with NO LIFEGUARD on duty. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
night we will stay open until 7:00 PM for families. Children
11 years old or older must be accompanied by an adult during the
night hours. All children under age 8 must be accompanied by an
adult. We will be offering Red Cross swimming lessons again this
summer. Registration for swimming lessons will be held at
the recreation area from 12-5 the week of June 21. We will run
three 2 week sessions (pending adequate enrollment). The dates for
the sessions are as follows:
July 5th - July 15th (10:00 AM –
August 1st - August 12th (10:00 AM - Noon)
18th –July 29th (5:30 – 7:00 PM)
The cost for the swimming
lessons for residents is $10 per child, not to exceed $30 per
family. The cost for non-residents is $25 per child not to
The daily admission for residents is $0.75 per
person or a family season pass can be bought for $40. Daily
admission for non-residents is $1.00 per person. Children under 5
years old will be admitted free with a paid adult. All persons
entering the area will be expected to pay.
To register your child
for swimming lessons please bring the form to the F.B. Argue
Contact the Parks and Recreation Committee at
435-1850 or Forest B Argue Recreation Area at 435-7457 with
Sam the Reading Dog at Josiah Carpenter Library
Congratulations to Canine Good Citizen Sam the Reading Dog!
was evaluated at the Josiah Carpenter Library for the AKC Canine
Good Citizen Program. Certified Pet Dog Trainer and Behavior
Specialist Laura Chapman, CPDT-KA and CGC evaluator, of Miss
Behavior Training (MissBehaviorTraining.com), gave same a passing
grade. Test results were mailed to the AKC Canine Good Citizen
Program department. When his official certificate arrives, a copy
will remain on file at the library, along with his health records,
in Sam’s personnel folder.
Sam the Reading Dog will be at Josiah Carpenter Library on Mondays, Wednesdays and
Fridays this Summer. Sam is looking for special boys and girls to come
to the library to read to him.
Why read to a dog?
A dog won’t say “We’ve read that book already.” A dog won’t say “I
don’t like that book.” A dog won’t correct you every time you
make a mistake. A dog just listens. The child can relax
and have fun. The more the child enjoys reading, the
more the child will be motivated to read. Young readers
develop reading skills and confidence by reading aloud to dogs in
private 20-minute sessions. Research has documented that children
participating in such programs improve their reading skills.
study this year by researchers at the University of California,
Davis confirmed that children who read to Fido really do perform
better. Young students who read out loud to dogs improved their
reading skills by 12 percent over the course of a 10-week program,
while children in the same program who didn’t read to dogs showed no
What is required? Registration is required.
Registration is for ten consecutive weeks. Sign up by phone or
at the circulation desks. Parents may browse upstairs, but may
not leave the library while their child is in a Reading Dog session.
There is no fee for this service. Notice of cancellation is
required. If appointments are broken without notice, the enrollment
in the program is canceled and re-enrollment is required.
can my child participate? The Reading Dog will be at the
library on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and occasionally on
Saturdays. Appointments are made for one-half hour. Time
is allowed to choose the book or books. Children are expected
to read for twenty-minutes. Sessions must be booked at the minimum
of at least one per week over the ten week period. Multiple
appointments per week are encouraged. There is no limit to the
total number of sessions per week.
How does the program work?
Children come to library at the appointed time and to read to our
Reading Dog for 20 minutes, one time per week. At the
first session, the child will be photographed with the Reading Dog,
and receive their photo at the second session. After five
weekly sessions the child may choose a small prize. After ten
sessions the child receives another small prize and a certificate of
completions signed with the Reading Dog’s Paw Print signature.
Please call the library to make an appointment with Sam or for
Pittsfield Major Boys Suncook Valley League Champions 2011.
Back row: Asst. Coach Steve Manteau; Coach, Jesse Slater; Asst.
Coach, Tim Holton. Middle row: Noah MacGlashing, Xenthios Cyr,
Austin Duquette, Jesse Slater, Noah Manteau, Tim Holton. Front row:
Eli Johnson, Connor Manteau, Casey Clark, Cam Darrah, Bradley
Hardwick, Nathan Domenech
Lucia Osborne graduated from Xavier University in Cincinnati Ohio
with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. Xavier is a
Catholic institution in the Jesuit tradition, committed to engaging
students intellectually with special attention given to values and
ethical issues, preparing them to lead lives of solidarity,
services, and success.
On May 13th a pinning and recognition
ceremony was held for the graduating nursing students. That
evening, a Baccalaureate Mass was held at the Cathedral of St. Peter
in Chains located in downtown Cincinnati. The Reverend Michael
U. Graham, SJ, president of Xavier University, presided over the
The 173rd commencement was held May 14th in the Cintas
Center, Charles Geschke delivered the commencement address.
Geschke is a Xavier graduate and the cofounder of Adobe Systems.
Kate was fortunate to have her own cheering section from NH!
Making the trip to Cincinnati to celebrate with Katie were Sandy
Osborne, Wesley Osborne, Harmony Elliott, Jacob O’Dougherty, Paul
and Lucia Metcalf, Jill Metcalf, Roger and Tina Metcalf, Briahnna
Metcalf and Karin Provencal.
Kate has received her acceptance to
the Masters Family Nurse Practitioner Program at Boston College’s
William F. Connell School of Nursing in Boston where she will begin
Kate was in the first class of Foss Scholars at
Pittsfield Youth Athletic Park Stone Wall Completed
On June 3, 2011 we finished building the remaining wall at the
entrance to the new ball fields on Tilton Hill Road in Pittsfield.
Building the wall took 24 days over 6 months. We started in November
worked until January and returned in April when we could get more
Wall Statistics: Approximately 75 ft. long by 3 ft. tall
by 6 ft. thick with a single face substantial heavy cap. It took 2 ½
Ten Wheeler loads of fieldstone from Catamount Mtn. above Jenness
Pond; 1 Ten Wheeler plus 2 ½ - Six Wheeler loads of ledge rock dug
from Clough Rd. Several trailer loads and many pickup truck loads of
fieldstone from Catamount Mtn. and Clough Rd.
Citizens who made
this project possible: Charles and Bonnie Humphrey, Ray and Terersa
Emerson, Luis and Beth Colon-Pagen, Skip and Margret Weaddick, Town
of Pittsfield. All donated rock. Scott Aubertin, Jim Parker, Larry
Williams, Thomas Williams, Cody Newton, Brandon Greenwood, Town Road
Crew. All had a hand digging or trucking the rock. Jeffery
Ames, Clint Brewster, Mike Brewster, James Schroth, Justin Schroth
and Dan Schroth are the Stonemen. Jim Parker and crew offered to
clean-up and spread the loam.
There was no shortage of rock,
equipment, trucks or lunches for the Stone Crew. Together we placed
stones and rock into a work of art. On a scale of One to Ten, Ten
being extremely difficult, this wall was a Four.
Many thanks to
my good friend, Larry Berkson and the Youth Baseball Association for
the opportunity to build this project. Larry, you and all these
generous citizens made this stone project possible.
Pittsfield Rotary President Jeremy Yeaton and President Elect
Jonathan Ward are pictured with NH. Rotary District Governor
Janice McElroy. They attended the Annual Rotary District 7870
Conference in Mystic, CT. They helped celebrate the building
of communities and the bridging of continents both locally and
internationally. The shirts signify just one of many bridging
of continents between the USA and India.
To The Editor
I will say thank you in advance for your time and
I agree with letters I’ve read, on the fireworks.
Was it voted on by all residents in Pittsfield? If it was, I
missed it. I doubt that, I do not miss too much at my age!
How can a few people have such an impact on our fireworks and
balloon rally too. I’ll bet a nickel to a doughnut that loved
ones that have gone before you, loved fireworks!!! I’ve gone
to the cemetery afterwards and not a trace of fireworks or balloons
left behind on our loved ones, last resting place. I believe
these "local community members” do not care for fireworks themselves.
So they want to take them away from others that do. For
heavens sake we had to vote for a dog to be allowed to come to work
with his owner. Why can’t we the people of Pittsfield vote on
Our tax dollars are plenty high enough we should
have the right to voice our opinion. All I can say is it will
come back and bite you, somehow. The only way to avoid
disagreements is to stop talking altogether! That’s not going
to happen, but I do say let all of Pittsfield vote on this matter,
like they did the dog.
Thought I would let my friends know all is ok here at the NH
Vet’s Home, and I’m doing fine since I arrived here two years ago.
It was a hard decision to make to have to leave my wife of 56 years
but we had no choice after talking to my doctor.
is #1 in the country for care. The staff is great. I
have been to several VFW, Legion, Elks, Rotary and others around the
state for breakfast and lunch at several restaurants.
Memorial Day, there were 20 residents that went to the services at
the Vets cemetery. We had front row seats and shook hands with the
Governor and his wife, and Sen. Kelly Ayotte. After the
service we went to the Longhorn Steak House and had a great lunch.
When the staff went to pay, the clerk said the bill was already paid
for by an anonymous donator. We were told the check for lunch
was over $400.00. You would be surprised if you knew how much
the veterans get from people and organizations from all over the
state. I have been picked to go to the Weirs to spend the day
for a cookout and see motorcycles. The Home pays for all
our bus trips.
My best to all.
Dear Pittsfield residents:
The Planning Board met on June 2nd and
1. Zoning Ordinance Article 16-Parking Requirements:
• A formula for reduction of parking requirements in the commercial
district was decided on based on floor area.
2. 14 Depot
• A letter to the Board of Selectmen was discussed and
• This letter explained the opinion of the Planning
Board that the Board of Selectmen has primary responsibility to
enforce the zoning ordinance regulation in regards to open cellar
holes at 14 Depot Street.
• It asks that the Board of Selectmen
confirm whether or not 14 Depot Street is still grandfathered.
The Planning Board’s view is that the Planning Board has no
jurisdiction to determine that.
• Next meeting the Board hopes to
finalize all parking issues and set Article 16 aside for next March
As always, the planning Board appreciates your interest
and hopes you will direct concerns, questions and comments to the
Planning Board blog: Pittsfield-NH.com/Planning.
Jeannette M. (Visconti) Carpenter
Jeannette M. (Visconti)
Carpenter, 79, of Haverhill, and formerly of Milford, MA, died
Thursday, June 9, 2011, at the Baker-Katz Nursing Home, Haverhill,
Born in the Jamaica Plains neighborhood of Boston, MA, she
was the daughter of Vincent J. and Philomena (Melchionne) Visconti.
She attended school in Boston and Commerce High School in New York
While residing in Milford, Mrs. Carpenter worked as
a shoe stitcher for the Milford Shoe Company and she did private
housekeeping for local families for many years. She was
an avid artist who enjoyed painting in oils.
The wife of the late
Ernest Carpenter, she is survived by a son and daughter-in-law,
Vincent C. and Linda Watts of Pittsfield, NH; two daughters and
son-in-law, Jeannette M. and John Woolf of Haverhill and Angelina
Malin of Peabody; a brother and sister-in-law, Vincent J. and
Frances Visconti of Wilmington, DE; a sister, Helen Curren of Haines
City, FL; nine grandchildren, Johnny Woolf, Alfred Woolf, Mary Carco,
Rocky Tobin, William Tobin, Estelle Tobin, Christopher Watts,
Nicholas Watts and Tanya Watts; and twenty-seven great
There will be no calling hours. A graveside
service will be held on Saturday, August 20, 2011, at the Floral
Park Cemetery in Pittsfield, NH. Memorial donations may be
made to the American Lung Association, 460 Totten Pond Rd., Suite
400, Waltham, MA 02451-1991. Arrangements are under the
direction of Berube-Comeau Funeral Home, 47 Broadway, Haverhill, MA.
Flora Mae Perkins, age 99 of Fayetteville, Georgia
died June 12, 2011. Mrs. Perkins was born April 18, 1912 to
William and Pearl Ide. She was the second of six children and was
raised in West Swanzy, New Hampshire. She went on to become a
graduate of Keene and Keene Normal School.
Mrs. Perkins began
teaching in Barnstead, NH at the age of 18. She married Robert E.
Perkins and lived in Loudon, NH. After her husband’s death she moved
to Pittsfield, NH continued to teach school and became an
active member in her town. After moving to Georgia she became a
substitute teacher for the Fayette Elementary Schools for many years
and truly loved the children. After retirement she lived with her
daughter in Fayetteville for 35 years.
Mrs. Perkins was preceded
in death by her husband; daughter Patricia Zemlack; sisters Virginia
Emery and Anita Ide; brothers Philip and Arthur Ide. She is survived
by her daughter Martha and her husband Jerry Ramsey of Fayetteville;
grandchildren Robert and Carol Gates of Barnstead, NH, Sidnie and
R.J. Audet of Chittenden, VT, Dale Ramsey of Phoenix, AZ, David and
Gina Ramsey of Fayetteville and Britta and Bill Kratchoff of
Fayetteville; great-grandchildren Gideon and Sonni Gates of CA,
Solomon and Dasha Gates of Raymond, NH, Nicole Ramsey of Statesboro,
GA and Abby Ramsey of Fayetteville; great-great grandchildren Cyrus,
Elias, Malachi and Isaiah; sister Muriel Morrison of Lake Placid,
NY. Funeral services will be held in the Chapel of the Carl J.
Mowell and Son Funeral Home, Fayetteville on Wednesday, June 15,
2011 at 3 PM. Reverend Glenn Stringham will officiate. The family
will receive friends at the funeral home from 2 PM to the time of
service. Cremation will be private. Memorials can be made in Mrs.
Perkins honor to Embracing Hospice or Keene State College, Keene,
Gladys Althea Forbes, 95, of the Rochester Manor,
died June 14th at the Frisbee Memorial Hospital following a brief
illness. She was born in Pittsfield, the daughter of Lewis and Anna
(Paine) Forbes. She lived in Pittsfield for many years. She was
employed as a secretary for the Pittsfield Weaving Co. for many
years. She served as a Wave in the Navy briefly during WWII and
contributed to many Veterans groups. She was a good cook and loved
to garden and was known to be a very generous person.
survived by 3 nieces, Mrs. Linda Jacques of So. Berwick, ME., Ms
Heidi Gates of Cape Neddick, ME. and Mrs. Candice Salter of Harpers
Ferry, WV. Several great nieces and nephews and great, great nieces
and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, a brother Lewis A.
Forbes, a sister Doris O’Barton, a sister Frances Gates, a sister
Phyllis Salter and several nieces and nephews.
Donations in her
memory may be made to the NH Veterans Home, 139 Winter St. Tilton,
Perkins & Pollard Memorial Home, Pittsfield, is
assisting with arrangements.